- Have you always dreamed of what it would be like to really serve aboard a Federation Starship?
- Do you want to meet other fans of Star Trek, science fiction, and fantasy?
- Are you into gaming, military history, or the paranormal?
- Are you looking for a group that’s into having fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously?
- Do you think beagles are untrustworthy?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you could be a very good fit for the USS Richthofen, something completely different in science fiction fandom!
Why are we “completely different”?
Well, for starters, we look at everything a little bit sideways. Yeah, we’re modeled on a Federation Starship, but our ship class is the Entente Dreadnaught — otherwise known as the alternate timeline Enterprise-D from the “All Good Things” TNG finale. Do you know how difficult it is to find this ship class in blueprints, graphics, and merchandise? Aside from one Hallmark Ornament, pretty difficult. (Yes, I’ve got one!)
Then, we can talk about our group’s interests. Sure, we all LOVE Star Trek. Our XO is also a member of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. We have a History department on-board that focuses heavily on military history (and which coordinated an annual trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park for the last 10 years). Our Security Department is primarily staffed by house cats. Don’t knock it. They’re vicious if you get between them and their catnip.
And, of course, there’s the name. Richthofen. The infamous bloody Red Baron of WWI, Germany’s premiere flying ace. It’s difficult to spell and harder to pronounce (RICK-toe-ven). Our tricked-out three-nacelled ship has a red and white paint job just like Richthofen’s famous Fokker Dr I Triplane. Perhaps now you get that cryptic beagle reference? Yup. Snoopy the WWI Flying Ace.
Finally, we just enjoy our fun and frivolity too much to get tied up in things like organizational politics. Sure, you earn rank as a crew member of the USS Richthofen, but that rank is reflective of how much fun you have participating in our chapter activities. At the end of the day, we’re all still a bunch of folks in funny outfits who are waiting for Scotty to beam us up.
So, you’d like to join our insanity? It’s easy! First, send an email to co @ ussredbaron.org and let me, Commodore Karen Mitchell Carothers, know that you’d like to join us. Then I’ll set you up with access to our private email list. You can try us out for free for 6 months, but after that, you’ll need to pay for a membership in STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc, of which we are a chapter. Individual US dues are $15 a year. Dues packages are also available for families of various sizes, and non-US memberships.
Once you’ve done all that, we’ll get you into a ship-board department, and you’re good to go. We’ve got all your standard ship departments… Command, Operations, Communications, Medical, Engineering, Sciences, and Security, as well as our History Department and the Rec Deck. Craft a fictional assignment to suit your individual Trek desires… you could be our new head chef! Or the tribble wrangler! Or the CO’s personal coffee roaster!
On behalf of the USS Richthofen Command Staff and Crew, we hope to see you aboard soon!
Live long, and prosper!
COMM Karen Mitchell Carothers
CO, USS Richthofen